[Photos] Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma skip optional practice session ahead of third Test against SA in Ranchi

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Author 2019-10-18 10:01:45

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Gearing up for the third and final Test match against South Africa in Ranchi, Team India were without skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their optional practice session on Thursday. As India's premier batsmen Kohli and Rohit opted to skip Thursday's net session, spinner Kuldeep Yadav was seen making the most of his time in the optional session that too with the willow. Though Kuldeep is yet to feature in the three-match series against the Proteas, there was no stopping the southpaw from showcasing some of his elegant cover drives.

Revealing his batting brilliance in the afternoon session, Kuldeep polished his skills in the nets alongside Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal. The routine practice camp also had pacer Ishant Sharma attending the session as the lanky speed merchant looked keen on continuing his stellar run in red-ball cricket. Touring the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Team India coaches Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun were seen examining the match pitch which sported a dry look, citing a positive sign for the spinners.

South African captain Faf du Plessis also expects the pitch to present favourable conditions of reverse swing and spin in the third Test which begins on Saturday. "I think wicket will spin, I looked at the pitch and it looks dry and crusty. So I think reverse swing and spin will play a factor in this Test match," the Proteas skipper was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

With an aim to produce improved batting version of themselves in the final match, the visitors utilised their pre-match practice session in the morning with premier batsmen sweating out in the nets. Du Plessis was accompanied by Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Senuran Muthuswamy in the fruitful batting session. Vernon Philander enjoyed an all-around session with bat and ball.

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